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29 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
A major study on the impact of palm oil on deforestation and biodiversity has warned a move away from its use would mean that other environmentally-damaging vegetable oils would need to fill the gap, with potentially serious environmental consequences for countries in Africa and Latin America.
22 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Talks on the UN aviation agency ICAO’s greenhouse gas reduction scheme may fail to agree guidelines on the use of biofuels and carbon offsets next week, prolonging uncertainty for fuels suppliers who are looking for clearer investment signals to emerge.
22 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Palm oil producers in south-east Asia will have limited scope to find replacement markets after the EU begins a likely phase-down of the commodity’s use in biofuels after 2023, mainly because China and India are keen to protect domestic farmers.
14 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
EU institutions have agreed to cap the use of crop-based biofuels at 7%, set a 14% threshold for renewable fuels and will gradually phase out most palm oil and some imported soy by 2030.
11 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
French farmers began a blockade of oil refineries and fuel depots on 10 June as they protest the use by energy major Total of imported palm oil at its new La Mède biodiesel plant near Marseilles.
8 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Italian oil and gas company Eni has started collecting used cooking oils from the homes of its employees, which the company says will be converted into advanced biofuels at its Porto Marghera biorefinery.
8 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
European countries look set to back a deal later this month on the use of biofuels and offset credits to reduce emissions from aircraft, despite concerns that already compromised environmental criteria will be weakened still further during the final stage of negotiations.
8 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
EU lawmakers are considering how to respond to a EU Presidency proposal to cap imports of palm oil at 2017 levels...
4 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
Total, one of Europe’s producers of biodiesel, faces the prospect that its flagship La Mède biofuel refinery in southern France will be blockaded later this month in protest at the company’s use of palm oil.
1 Jun 2018 | John McGarrity
MEPs will meet next week to discuss the EU Council’s compromise proposal to accept a higher cap on crop-based biofuels in return for a higher overall renewable energy target or to have a lower overall target and threshold on edible fuel crops such as corn and wheat.
25 May 2018 | John McGarrity
EU governments are being urged by hundreds of Indonesian civil society organisations to back the European Parliament's...
18 May 2018 | John McGarrity
A meeting of EU legislators this week made little headway on the recast of the Renewable Energy Directive, heightening the prospect that agreement on key elements of the file won’t emerge for several months, prolonging uncertainty for the biofuels sector.
18 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Total SA will substitute some crude palm oil for waste oils at its new La Mède biodiesel refinery, after the French government requested a reduction in the use of the controversial feedstock.
14 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Upcoming talks to recast the renewable energy directive may focus on limiting the environmental impact of crop-based biodiesels, particularly those derived from soyoil and palmoil.
11 May 2018 | John McGarrity
Global employment in the biofuels sector expanded 12% last year to 1.93 million, as production of ethanol and biodiesel increased in most major producing countries, renewable energy agency IRENA said in a report published this week.
27 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Indonesia’s government is readying a lawsuit to the World Trade Organization (WTO) on its response to the hefty anti-dumping tariff imposed by the US against the south-east Asian country’s biodiesel imports, a senior trade official was quoted as saying in local media.
23 Apr 2018 | John McGarrity
Italian energy producer Eni said it will start producing biodiesel at a plant in Gela, Sicily, after it converts the facility from oil refining by the end of 2018 as part of a wider €7 billion investment plan.  
4 Apr 2018 | Juan Pedro Tomas
The United States International Trade Commission (USITC) has determined that imports of biodiesel from Argentina and Indonesia materially harmed US producers.
23 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
A Germany-based biodiesel plant owned by US agribusiness conglomerate ADM has been mothballed in the wake of weak prices and a flood of cheap imports from Argentina and Indonesia, which are no longer subject to EU import duties.
9 Mar 2018 | John McGarrity
The Colombian government has raised the blend limit for bioethanol and biodiesel in petrol and diesel as it attempts to reduce emissions, find markets for domestic agricultural produce and increase utilisation rates at the country’s biorefineries.
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